BiographyI completed my PhD, titled Understanding Disinhibition and its influences on eating behaviour and appetite, at the Institute of Psychological Sciences, University of Leeds in 2007. Following this I worked as a researcher on a phase one, clinical trial designed to examine the effects of a new anti-obesity drug on energy intake and body weight, in Leeds. I obtained a lectureship at University of Bradford in 2007. Within this role, alongside my teaching, I have continued to maintain active, international research collaborations and set up an Eating Behaviour Laboratory at the University. This work centres around understanding eating behaviour, particularly Disinhibition and Uncontrolled Eating, and their impact on weight regulation in children and adults, in relation to exercise, diets or bariatric surgery for weight loss. I have recently developed and validated a Child Three Factor Eating Questionnaire (CTFEQr17) to assess eating behaviour traits in children, and their association with body weight, body composition and food preferences.
In my teaching I have led the development of a Masters programme, which I currently lead (MSc Psychology of Health and Wellbeing) and I am also the PG Director of Studies for Social Sciences. I teach a range of modules regarding eating behaviour, health and quantitative research methods.
2015 – Inspirational Woman of the Year Bradford, teaching section, finalist
2011 – nominated for a Teaching Excellence Award, University of Bradford